: This 26" x 35" (66 x 91.5 cm) painting by artist Charles Sullivan depicts a farm near the Miamisburg Mound in Montgomery County, Ohio. The Miamisburg Mound is the largest conical burial mound in Ohio and possibly in the eastern United States. Archaeological investigations of the surrounding area suggest that it was constructed by the prehistoric Adena Indians (800 B.C.-A.D. 100). Built on a 100-foot-high bluff, the mound measures 877 feet (267.3 m) in circumference. It was originally more than 70 feet (21.33 m) high. Charles Sullivan (1794-1867) was born in Frankfort, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) and then to Marietta, Ohio in 1833. He studied art in Philadelphia and was a friend and student of the painter Thomas Sully. Although Sullivan painted portraits throughout his artistic career, landscapes were his specialty. Sullivan's landscape style has been associated with the Hudson River School of painting. Both in Wheeling and in Marietta, he produced numerous paintings of the river area of southeastern Ohio and what is now western West Virginia. His historical views of Marietta and the mound earthworks located there, however, are some of his most important. These paintings provide documents of early Ohio settlement, some colored by stories told to him by early Washington County settlers, and some painted as he saw them in an era before photography was commonplace. Sullivan made Marietta his home until his death at the age of seventy-three. View on Ohio Memory.
: Om2892_1831762_001 Subjects
: Agriculture; American Indians in Ohio; Arts and Entertainment; Farms; Mounds (Burials); Adena culture Places
: Miamisburg (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio); Marietta (Ohio); Washington County (Ohio)